Skills shortages predicted in five areas across Mid North Coast

The expansion of the Kempsey Correctional Centre will create a need for more trained staff over the next three years
The expansion of the Kempsey Correctional Centre will create a need for more trained staff over the next three years

Important research into the Mid North Coast has revealed there will be significant skill shortages in construction, health, supply chain, and the hospitality and manufacturing industries over the next three years.

TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Susie George, said the research, which was conducted by Australia’s largest training organisation, revealed that the predicted skill shortages on the Mid North Coast is due to a number of important factors.

“A number of industries on the Mid North Coast have indicated that they are experiencing significant challenges in meeting skills needs. In addition, expansion of the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre at Kempsey will create a need for skilled workers," Ms George said.

As one of the main providers of vocational education, TAFE NSW’s enrolment trends echo these findings.

The top five courses by enrolment at TAFE NSW in this region last year were:

  • Statement of Attainment in Foundation Skills Support
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • TAFE Plus Statement in Skills for Learning
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

“TAFE NSW will continue to innovate and develop courses to meet the skills needs of local regions,” Ms George said.

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